Northwest Flower & Garden Show

2012 Show Gardens

 

The display gardens are the heart and soul of all world-class flower shows. Thank you to Marenakos Rock Center and Sawdust Supply for partnering with us to help build the gardens.  Every year for 24 years they have been right there with us helping create these beautiful gardens.  Marenakos Rock Center provides the stone and big boulders you see throughout the gardens.  Sawdust Supply provides the foundation of any healthy garden, mulch.  Without good soil, we would not have beautiful gardens.

We also owe a “thank you” to the Students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology Environmental Horticulture Program for their many hours of volunteer time helping construct the gardens.

2012 Garden Creators

 Photos courtesy of Michael Walmsley
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A Concert in the Park[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

A warm summer evening, the sun slowly sinking below the horizon, the sound of soft music drifting lazily across the park … youand your best friend snuggled comfortably on a blanket with your picnic basket full of delicious treats! More and more towns are offering the opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy their community. Live concerts in a park are one of these pleasant events. You can imagine this garden as part of a larger city park. A gazebo shelters the musicians and their instruments, while park benches and rambling trails pique your curiosity and tempt you to discover new treasures. What could be better?

*Readers note: Garden was not judged.

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A Force of Nature in 5 Strings – Concerto for 5 String Banjo[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

Awards: Founders Cup (Best In Show)

 

This is a family that finds peace and comfort in the simplicity of natural elements and celebrates every day with some of man’s most elegant creations. A natural garden is essential for this NW family’s renewal and provides the foundation for the courage it takes to challenge each day. Every plant and feature is a reference to our origins, the wildness and organized chaos that achieves a drama always evident in this designer’s work. A finely designed 50-year-old Scots pine towers over a quiet and pristine pond. A giant weathered root system delineates one side of this outdoor room, a compliment to the lacy Contorted Filbert gracing the garden’s horizon. Huge stones are the backbone of the garden, anchored by a patio created from giant stone slabs. The stone sculpture dining table is the family focus when they put down their banjo or take a break from grooming the bonsai.

  • Created by:
    Dan Robinson and Will Robinson
    Elandan Gardens, ltd
    360.373.8260
    www.elandangardens.com
  • Sculptor
    Will Robinson
    360.509.8650

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April in Paris[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

“April in Paris” is a visual rendition of the song made famous by Frank Sinatra in 1950. It depicts a Paris street scene in spring with a Café and Boulangerie and neighbored by an artist-in-residence in her refined, simple and elegant garret. A brick path fronts the buildings, winding past a fresh cut flower cart and market stall of bulbs for planting. Plant material includes spring blooming favorites, formal hedging material and stretches of lawn. Plant material and design are meant to reflect the European style of casual symmetry, varied texture and lots of color. An adjoining park with benches nestled amongst the flora and a fountain or two completes the picture of April in Paris.

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Birdsong[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

Awards: American Horticultural Society Environment Award
Pacific Horticultural Society Award

 

Bird gardens nurture the human spirit, not just by their visual beauty alone: Fostering bird life brings both bird song and natural balance to the world outside our doors. This garden represents a range of bird habitats: marshland at the shore of a lake, woodland edge, and deeper forest. Both native and non-native plants provide food and shelter for birds: berries for foraging, nectar for hummingbirds, and places to hide and nest.  Access to water allows bathing and drinking. A snag offers insects and nesting cavities, while the bird blind lets humans enter quietly into the avian world.

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Coloring the Blues[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

The natural chords of the Blues are reflected in the progression of plants, water and light. For your visual senses, the basic elements of the Blues are mirrored as the fountains respond in kind to each other’s flow. As the almost still waters allow us to reflect on the urban human condition, the plants slowly emerge as an essential source to color how we view the space around us. To the delight of the travelers, the garden is full of acoustic surprises to enable one to stomp through and see if the plants are dancing too.

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Dinner Bell Rings: Eat Your Yard[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

Awards: Sunset Western Living Award
GRAY Magazine Design of Choice Award
South Sound Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

 

A critical component of creating sustainable and livable cities is the proliferation of abundant and edible landscapes that reconnect urban dwellers with each other and the sources of their subsidence. The intent of this 99% edible garden is to be food and family oriented. It seeks to engage and delight a younger generation in the natural world, while bringing families and friends together at the table for food and conversation. This garden’s practical design engages all five senses, utilizing creative applications of recycled and affordable materials for today’s cost and environmentally conscious urban homesteading family.

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Grunge Garden[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Seattle loves its music. We are inspired to build buildings in the shape of broken guitars; memorials to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain dot our state. Well-known musicians even live in Snoqualmie Ridge and drive minivans. In my heart the peak was 1994: the “Soundgarden Superunknown” album, Kurt Cobain’s tragic passing, and the continuation of bands such as Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. Our garden is a memorial to a time that has passed us all by that we can fondly remember.

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Here Comes the Sun[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]
The 2012 Design a Garden

 

Now YOU can help us design a Display Garden! The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has teamed up with Swansons Nursery, designer Lloyd Glasscock, of Looking Glass Design, installation by Terra Firma Hardscapes and materials suppliers Marenakos Rock Center and Sawdust Supply to create a show garden based on our website readers’ votes! You design it, we build it.

Click here to learn more about it.

*Readers note: Garden was not judged.

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If I Write You a Song in the Garden Tonight[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

In the spring mist, under the bower, an anxious poet writes. Here, to this humbly elegant garden, he returns for solace andinspiration; this living orchestra ignites his soul to scribe into music and verse the longing for his love. Truly, he has nothing to offer but his heart, wholly … “We could dance on the clearing, I’d serve you some wine” he sings, as he imagines a table for two on the terrace. Amidst the dim lights and scented buds, he pursues … “If I say ‘I love you,’ out under the tree, could I bear to hear what you whisper to me?”

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Kodachrome – Give Us Nice Bright Colors[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

“Kodachrome” is an old Paul Simon song popular for its lyrics that paint a vivid picture in our minds of bright colors, the greens of summer and all the world is a sunny day! These visions can be true in your own outdoor space by creating a tapestry of plants with jewel-like colors and appealing textures. In a modern design with the musical sound of water, add wooded screens to compliment nature, and a mix of metal to reflect all of these elements in your own “space.” You can paint the picture in your mind – or better yet, just go enjoy!

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Peter and the Wolf – A Landscape Symphony[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Do you remember the story of Peter and the Wolf? Peter visits his Grandfather’s house beside a meadow in a deep forest. There he plays with his friends Bird, Duck, and Cat, and he is warned not to leave the gate open, for in the woods hunters are seeking a dangerous Wolf! This story is about two different worlds: the cultured and the wild. Grandfather’s garden is an orderly refuge from the wilderness outside. Beyond his gate, a path winds through the natural world to a bench beside a pond, where passing hunters might stop to rest. Just like in Prokofiev’s symphony, all the characters in this setting are represented by instruments. Can you find them all?

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Pictures At a Northwest Exhibition – Rhapsody In Green[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

Awards: 425 Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

 

Our garden is inspired by Mussorgsky’s music “Pictures at an Exhibition,” written in 1874, and musically ahead of its time.Strolling through this backyard garden we see native plants, their hardy “cousins,” and edibles that have roots in the past yet are at home in the modern landscape. Most materials used are recycled, repurposed or found objects. Examples of runoff mitigation include a raingarden, wetland roof, cistern, and slope restoration. By using simple materials we hope to inspire everyday gardeners to find extraordinary uses for ordinary things in creative and sustainable outdoor living spaces.

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Redefining Andante[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Andante allows passage through music that slows the tempo. It lets the listener catch their breath and relax. How does andante feel in a garden?  The hectic race and crescendo of life is far beyond this space; welcome to a small garden of tranquility. It invites you to slow the pace, find calm, and be inspired to compose and create. The sound and movement of water spills from a tumble of building ruins and weaves peacefully through a shady glen. Harmony in foliage texture and color relaxes and soothes, yet invites refined inspiration.

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Rhythm and Roots – A Tribute to Bluegrass[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Sounds from the mountains, where it was born, translate to the many souls who enjoy the rhythm and roots that define Bluegrass music. Imagine gathering on an afternoon to join in on the merging of sound and bring the songs of the everyday experience to life. A combination of instruments is waiting for their musicians to begin to play. The rustic shelter reminds us of the importance of using the things from the past to live our lives today. An iron structure brings beauty with strength. The area is surrounded by native plantings, and accented with herb and flower gardens.

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Rice Above[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Rice, a staple food of Asian countries, is the center of life for the indigenous people of the northern Philippine mountain provinces. Two thousand years ago their ancestors carved 4000 square miles of mountainside, with minimal tools, for planting rice. Still in use today, the rice terraces are watered with ancient irrigation from the rainforest, and are farmed organically and sustainably. This Asian tropical garden was inspired by the ancient rice terraces; their culture, music, and the contemplative high-altitude environment. The garden is an arrangement of conifers and tropical-looking plants with a touch of bonsai display to signify antiquity.

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Rock & Roll Meets Heavy Metal – The Convergence Zone[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Inspired by the Puget Sound Convergence zone, our garden celebrates the symphony of winter plants, rain, wind, rock and metalexploding in a crescendo of texture and color. Sit under an architecturally striking balcony shelter and be embraced from the weather as it converges over your garden. Sculptural rock pierces lush plantings framed by a forest of stunning White Birch and evergreens that stand sentinel over a river of Acorus Grass that gracefully cascades down the slope to the rain garden. A mesmerizing kinetic metal sculpture dances in the wind and visually intertwines with rock and natural elements to create a special place to find calm and shelter during these stormy times.

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Specimen Foray[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Trees are an iconic symbol of the Evergreen State. They provide habitat for fauna and respite for the hectic lives of humans. This is a garden in harmony with the surroundings, with subtle beauty of ‘ordinary’ plants nestled alongside stunning tree specimens. Cohesive with a ‘Northwest Native Contemporary’ style, the small garden looks as if it has been there for years, with a warmth and richness of texture and color that nature enthusiasts find alluring and comforting. Come, be embraced by the trees, relax and stay awhile as their grace and beauty help wash away the stress of daily living.

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Symphony Orchidstra[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

The Northwest Orchid Society celebrates the centennial anniversary of the Volunteer Park Conservatory with a Symphony Orchidstra!  Strings, woodwinds, percussion and brass instruments are now Paphiopediums, Phalaenopsis, Oncidiums and Cymbidiums.  Experience the harmony of orchids in bloom, as each section plays a special part in A Floral Symphony.

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Tales of Wonder: In a Persian Garden[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, “Scheherazade,” is based on the legends told in the “Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Our garden inspiration comes from the music score which combines dazzling colorful orchestrations and an interest in the Arabian world. This romantic Persian-style enclosed garden celebrates the sense of fairytale wonder that animates those beloved stories in our garden design and colorful decor. As Scheherazade tells her stories, so does our garden. We find the fluid and constantly evolving living features of any garden embody a rhythmic vitality counterpointing the hardscape set pieces. Plants provide the fresh and piquant melody that nourishes our bodies, engages our senses, and inspires our spirits. Join us on our magic carpet ride-believe in the wonder of an Arabian night!

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The Resonating Sounds of Nature – Finding Peace and Solace in the Garden[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

Awards: Ethol Moss People’s Choice Award
Fred Palmer Garden Creator’s Award

 

Inspired by nueroacoustic research, this holistic Northwest garden creates a three-dimensional sound environment of primordial sounds found in nature. These “womb sounds” resonate with us at a subconscious level, taking us back to the beginning of our journey. Relax andconnect with nature by immersing your senses in the rhythmic sounds of rainwater falling on drums and trickling through the stream, as you bathe in the warmth of the crackling fire. Rejuvenate your spirit, nourish your mind and body, and deepen your breath as you take in the sweet fragrance of white flowers. A new state of consciousness begins here…

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Twistin’ the Night Away[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

Find some peace and serenity in the comfort of your own little urban retreat infused with rustic charm. Follow the path to a spacious patio for some wine tasting under twinkling lights, as you listen to the sound of the cascading waterfall filling your senses with renewal. You and your friends can meander down to the bridge for a moment of reflection, as you watch the water twist through the landscape before it empties into a heart-shaped pool. Embrace the twisted elements around you as you kick off your shoes, turn on the tunes, and spend the evening twistin’ the night away.

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Winter’s Come and Gone – A Lullaby[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/" float="right"]

 

“Winter’s Come and Gone” is a contemporary American folk song that spans time and generations. Follow the verses beyond the rain and snow, sing your sorrows to the birds, and receive their reassurance that, “Winter’s come and gone, a little bird told me so.” Our innovative design utilizes a regionally sensitive plant palette, permeable paving, recycled glass, and living walls. It embraces the dream of spring from the windowsill of a child’s playhouse through the timber-framed arbor and themed gates. It would be a welcome sight anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

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 Photos courtesy of Michael Walmsley
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